As with most personal retrospectives, memories from decades ago, dates get muddled. The ‘70s are pretty muddled, but David Bowie’s persona is crystal clear.
The first thing I noticed about him was his eyes and, being a nurse, I asked around:
“Why would someone have a dilated pupil and a regular pupil?”
The theories: speedballs and other drugs, contact lens, congenital anomaly, etc.
The story was that he suffered an injury during a fist fight as a teen which caused the condition called anisocoria.
Basically, he was a freak, in the very best way. (Hippies called themselves freaks in contrast to straights or squares.)
He was also beautiful physically, but atypically. Besides his eyes and pallor, he had prominent canines which gave him a more human look. His ever changing hairstyles and inventive wardrobe separated him from the flock. He was classified as glampunk.
I figured he was an alien like many of us felt we were and his music just completed the package. I fell madly in love with him once I heard his voice and the emotion and evocative nature.
Songs of outer space and the like just drew me in with his one-of-a-kind voice. I wanted to soar into space with him.
I saw him perform on tv in the ‘70s, but don’t recall which show: The Midnight Special, Don Kirschner’s Rock Concert or even Soul Train? (In later years he had frequent plays on MTV.)
His music was hypnotic and seductive; intelligent and an original.
His first number one hit in the USA was “Fame.” He seemed quite interested in American life.
I was into his alien/science fiction/outer space music:
Space Oddity (1969)
The Man Who Sold the World (1970)
Life on Mars (1971)
The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars (1972)
There was a micro tribute to David last night, January 16, 2016 on SNL in which they played a clip from the seventies of “The Man Who Sold the World.” Epic…
Astronaut Chris Hadfield sang “Space Oddity” and played his guitar from the ISS in 2013… again: epic.
The remarkable David Bowie left us a new album, Blackstar and a body of work unsurpassed by few, if any. I feel he is in his element now and we just need to look up at night and see our Starman…